Student Safety Contract

1.    Conduct yourself in an appropriate and responsible manner at all times in the classroom.


2.    Follow all written and verbal instructions carefully.  If you do not understand a direction or procedure, ask the instructor before proceeding.


3.    Never work alone.  No student may work in the classroom without an instructor present.


4.    When first entering my classroom, do not touch any equipment, chemicals, or other materials until you are instructed to do so.  In other words, come in and find your seat.


5.    No food, drinks, or gum during lab time.


6.    Perform only those experiments authorized by the instructor.  Never do anything in the lab that is not called for in the procedures or by the instructor.  Unauthorized experiments are prohibited.


7.    Never fool around in the laboratory.  Practical jokes, pranks, and joking around are strictly prohibited.


8.    Observe good housekeeping practices.  Work areas should be kept clean and free of clutter.  Class will not be dismissed until the room is clean to the instructor’s satisfaction and gives permission to leave.


9.    Know the locations and operating procedures of all safety equipment including the first aid kit, eyewash station, safety shower, fire extinguisher, and fire blanket.


10. Know the procedures for emergency situations.


11. Be alert and proceed with caution at all times in the laboratory.  Notify the instructor of any unsafe conditions you observe.


12. Dispose of all chemical waste properly as directed by your instructor.  Do not simply pour things down the drain.


13. Labels and equipment instructions must be read carefully before use.  Use the prescribed equipment as directed in the instructions or by the instructor.


14. Keep hands away from face, eyes, mouth and body while using chemicals or preserved specimens.  Wash you hands with soap and water after performing experiments.

15. Experiments are to be personally monitored at all times.  Do not wander around the room, distract other students, or interfere with the experiments of others.


16. Students are not permitted in the science storage rooms or preparation areas unless given specific permission by the instructor.


17. Handle all living organisms used in a lab activity in a humane manner.  Preserved biological materials are to be treated with respect and disposed of properly.


18. When using knives and scalpels, always carry with the points down.  Always cut away from your body.  Never try to catch falling sharp instruments.  Grasp sharp instruments only by the handles.


19. If you have a medical condition (e.g., allergies, pregnancy, etc…), check with your physician prior to working in the lab.


20. Always wear you goggles!  There are no exceptions to this rule.


21. Dress appropriately during a lab activity.  Long hair, dangling jewelry, and baggy clothing are a hazard.  Tie back long hair, and secure dangling jewelry and loose clothing.  Shoes should be worn during lab days.


22. Report any accident or injury to the instructor immediately, no matter how small and trivial it might appear.


23. If a chemical splashes in your eye(s) or on your skin, immediately flush with running water from the eyewash station or safety shower for at least 20 minutes.  Notify the instructor immediately.


24. All chemicals in the lab are to be considered dangerous.  Do not touch, taste, or smell any chemical unless specifically instructed to do so.  Proper techniques will be demonstrated to you.


25. Check the label on the chemical bottles twice before removing any of the contents.


26. Never return unused chemicals to their original containers.


27. Never dispense of flammable liquids anywhere near an open flame or source of heat.


28. Never remove chemicals or other materials from the laboratory area.


29. Take great care when transporting acids and other chemicals from one part of the lab to another.  Hold them securely and walk carefully.


30. Never handle broken glass with your bare hands.  Use a brush and dustpan to clean broken class.  Place broken glassware in the designated container.


31. When removing an electrical plug from the outlet, grasp the plug, not the cord.  Hands must be completely dry before touching an electrical switch, plug, or outlet.


32. Never use chipped or cracked glassware.


33. If you do not understand how to use a piece of equipment, ask the instructor for help.


34. Do not immerse hot glassware in cold water; it may shatter.


35. Take extreme caution when using a gas burner.  Take care that hair, clothing and hands are a safe distance from the flame at all times.  Do not put any substance into the flame unless specified to do so.  Never reach over an open flame.


36. Never leave a lit burner or hot plate unattended.  Always turn off a burner or hot plate when not in use.


37. When heating or boiling liquids, do not point the open end of the container at yourself or anyone else.


38. Heated metals and glass remain very hot for a long time.  They should be set aside to cool and picked up with caution.  (See rule #4)


39. Never look into a container that is being heated.

Student Safety Contract